Matching Jack 2010
1h 39min | Drama | 19 August 2010 (Australia)
A woman struggles with her son’s illness and her husband’s infidelity, but, after a chance encounter with an Irish sailor and his son, her life is turned upside down in a love story that defies explanation and breaks all the rules.
It’s a shameless tear jerker that must have some feelings of shame as it disguises itself as a love story in the summery presented on this page, and as a film that “avoids emotional extortion of any kind” in the words of the Jerusalem Film Festival catalog. But tear jerkers have their right to exist and many do like them, I don’t like them much but that’s not the reason that got my rating as low as 7/10. My biggest problem was that everything happening in this film follows the kids cancer film cliché. Nothing unexpected happens here, the only reason it still works is the fact already mentioned in my title – superb acting by everybody on the cast the whole thing is believable because everybody on screen is simply super, and that’s something to see. The director has chosen a low key approach for herself and simply lets her story play out – it also suits the case. A little more originality and this “tear jerker” could’ve been a real gem. As it is, what you get is exactly what the story promises.
Director: Nadia Tass
Writers: Lynne Renew (story), Lynne Renew
Stars: Jacinda Barrett, Richard Roxburgh, Tom Russell
Release Date: 19 August 2010 (Australia)
Also Known As: Encontro com Jack
Filming Locations: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia